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1981 Le Mans 24 Hours

1981 Le Mans 24 Hours is 49th Le Mans 24 Hours race. Passed at the Le Mans circuit. Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell won the pole position and this race. Jacky Haran, Philippe Streiff and François Migault, Gordon Spice also climbed to the podium, in second and third place. Race distance 355 laps (4,825 km).

Previous race: 1980 Le Mans 24 Hours
Next race: 1982 Le Mans 24 Hours
Race Start: 14th June 1981

Interesting facts and statistics about the 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours

1st victory for the Porsche System team
5th victory for the Jacky Ickx
2nd victory for the Derek Bell
7th podium for the Jacky Ickx
2nd podium for the Derek Bell
1st podium for the Jacky Haran
1st podium for the Philippe Streiff
3rd podium for the François Migault
2nd podium for the Gordon Spice

1981 Le Mans 24 Hours

1981 Le Mans 24 Hours

Porsche 936 /81 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Porsche 936 /81 #11 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: S+2.0)

McLaren M12 GT - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

McLaren M12 GT #90 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: IMSA GTP)

Mazda RX-7 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Mazda RX-7 #39 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: IMSA GTU)

WM P81 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

WM P81 #83 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: C)

ACR 80B - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

ACR 80B #22 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: S3.0)

Rondeau M379 C - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Rondeau M379 C #8 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: GTP3.0)

Porsche 935 K3 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Porsche 935 K3 #55 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: Gr.5)

Ferrari 512 BB /LM - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Ferrari 512 BB /LM #47 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: IMSA GTX)

Porsche 944 LM - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Porsche 944 LM #1 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: GTP+3.0)

Porsche 924 Carrera GTR - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Porsche 924 Carrera GTR #36 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: IMSA GTO)

Porsche 934 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Porsche 934 #70 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: GT)

Lola T298 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Lola T298 #31 - 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: S2.0)

1981 Le Mans 24 Hours results

Position Name Car Result Lap Team Class Class position
1 Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell Porsche 936 /81, #11 4825.348 kms 355 Porsche System S+2.0 1
2 Jacky Haran, Philippe Streiff Rondeau M379 C, #8 4639.323 kms 341 Jean Rondeau GTP3.0 1
3 François Migault, Gordon Spice Rondeau M379 C, #7 4571.205 kms 336 Jean Rondeau GTP3.0 2
4 John Cooper, Dudley Wood, Claude Bourgoignie Porsche 935 K3, #55 4507.520 kms 331 Claude Bourgoignie Gr.5 1
5 Jean-Claude Andruet, Claude Ballot-Lena Ferrari 512 BB /LM, #47 4469.433 kms 329 Charles Pozzi S.A. IMSA GTX 1
6 Anny-Charlotte Verney, Bob Garretson Porsche 935 K3/80, #42 4466.362 kms 328 Cooke-Woods Racing IMSA GTX 2
7 Jürgen Barth, Walter Rohrl Porsche 944 LM, #1 4404.594 kms 324 Porsche System GTP+3.0 1
8 Eddie Cheever, Michele Alboreto, Carlo Facetti Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo, #65 4391.680 kms 323 Martini Racing Gr.5 2
9 Pierre Dieudonne, Jean-Paul Libert, Jean Xhenceval Ferrari 512 BB /LM, #46 4370.941 kms 321 Rennod Racing IMSA GTX 3
10 Dieter Schornstein, Götz von Tschirnhaus Porsche 935 J, #60 4370.685 kms 321 Vegla Racing Team Gr.5 3
11 Manfred Schurti, Andy Rouse Porsche 924 Carrera GTR, #36 4302.958 kms 316 Porsche System IMSA GTO 1
12 Jochen Mass, Vern Schuppan, Hurley Haywood Porsche 936 /81, #12 4253.357 kms 313 Porsche System S+2.0 2
13 Denis Morin, Charles Mendez, Xavier Mathiot WM P79 /80, #4 4185.206 kms 308 W.M. Aerem GTP+3.0 2
14 Martino Finotto, Giorgio Schön, Giorgio Pianta Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo, #68 3923.650 kms 293 Jolly Club Gr.5 4
15 Emilio De Villota, Guy Edwards, Juan Fernandez Lola T600, #18 3923.650 kms 288 Team Lola S+2.0 3
16 Bernard Darniche, Johnny Cecotto, Philippe Alliot BMW M1 Gr.5, #51 3785.240 kms 278 B.M.W. Italie-France (I/F) Gr.5 5
17 Valentin Bertapelle, Thierry Perrier, Bernard Salam Porsche 934, #70 3737.439 kms 275 Thierry Perrier GT 1
18 Jean-Philippe Grand, Yves Courage Lola T298, #31 3714.743 kms 273 Jean-Philippe Grand S2.0 1
DNF Paul Miller, Craig Siebert, Bob Akin Porsche 935 K3/80, #43 Short-circuit 320 Bob Akin Motor Racing IMSA GTX 4
DNF Claude Haldi, Hervé Poulain, Mark Thatcher Porsche 935 /77A, #57 Accident 260 Claude Haldi Gr.5 6
DNF Alain Cudini, Philippe Gurdjian, John Morton Ferrari 512 BB /LM, #49 Accident 247 N.A.R.T. IMSA GTX 5
DNF David Hobbs, Eddie Jordan, Steve O'Rourke BMW M1 Gr.5, #53 Engine 236 Emka Productions Ltd. Gr.5 7
DNF Pierre-François Rousselot, Francois Servanin, Laurent Ferrier BMW M1, #72 Valve, clutch, gearbox 212 B.M.W. Zol-Auto GT 2
DNF Alain De Cadenet, Jean-Michel Martin, Philippe Martin De Cadenet Lola LM, #20 Engine 210 Alain de Cadenet (GB/B) S+2.0 4
DNF Dieter Quester, Marc Surer, David Deacon BMW M1 Gr.5, #52 Engine 207 Wuerth-Lubrifilm Team Sauber Gr.5 8
DNC Pierre Yver, Jacques Heuclin, Michel Dubois Lola T298, #33 2774.474 kms 204 Compagnie Primagaz S2.0 2
DNC Louis Descartes, Herve Bayard Renard Delmas D1, #32 2559.611 kms 188 Ecurie Renard-Delmas S2.0 3
DNF Riccardo Patrese, Hans Heyer, Piercarlo Ghinzani Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo, #66 Cylinder head 186 Martini Racing Gr.5 9
DNF Vivian Candy, Martin Birrane, Nick Faure De Cadenet Lola T380, #21 Gearbox casing 171 Dorset Racing Associates S+2.0 5
DNF Chris Craft, Bob Evans Dome Zero RL 81, #23 Valves 154 Dome Co Ltd. S+2.0 6
DNF Mauricio DeNarvaez, Kenper Miller, Günter Steckkönig Porsche 935 J, #40 Fire 152 Joest Racing IMSA GTX 6
DNF Steve Earle, Mike Salmon, Simon Phillips Ferrari 512 BB /LM, #48 Chassis 140 Simon Phillips IMSA GTX 7
DNF Fabrizio Violati, Duilio Truffo, Maurizio Flammini Ferrari 512 BB /LM, #45 Electrics 118 Scuderia Supercar Bellancauto IMSA GTX 8
DNF Patrick Gaillard, Andre Chevalley, Bruno Sotty ACR 80B, #22 Clutch 114 André Chevalley Racing S3.0 1
DNF Pete Lovett, Tom Walkinshaw, Tetsu Ikuzawa Mazda RX-7 253i, #37 Engine 107 Mazdaspeed IMSA GTO 2
DNF Max Cohen-Olivar, Jean-Marie Lemerle, Alain Levié Lola T298, #30 Electrics 104 Jean-Marie Lemerle S2.0 4
DNF Tony Trimmer, Tiff Needell Ibec P6, #27 Head gasket 95 Ian Bracey S+2.0 7
DNF Bob Wollek, Xavier Lapeyre, Guy Chasseuil Porsche 917 K/81, #10 Engine mount 82 Kremer Racing S+2.0 8
DNF Reinhold Jöst, Klaus Niedzwiedz, Dale Whittington Porsche 908/80, #14 Accident 60 Joest Racing S+2.0 9
DNF Jean Rondeau, Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Rondeau M379 C, #24 Handling 58 Jean Rondeau S+2.0 10
DNF Ted Field, Bill Whittington, Don Whittington Porsche 935 K3/81, #59 Engine 57 Porsche Kremer Racing Gr.5 10
DNF Jean-Pierre Jarier, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Helmut Henzler BMW M1 Gr.5, #50 Accident damage 57 BASF Cassetten Team GS Sport IMSA GTX 9
DNF Max Mamers, Jean-Daniel Raulet, Michel Pignard WM P81, #83 Accident 50 W.M. Aerem C 1
DNF Christian Danner, Leopold von Bayern, Peter Oberndorfer BMW M1, #71 Crankshaft damper 49 Helmut Marko GT 3
DNF Jan Lundgardh, Mike Wilds, Axel Plankenhorn Porsche 935 L1, #69 Engine 49 Tuff-Kote Dinol Racing Gr.5 11
DNF Edgar Dören, Gerhard Holup, Jürgen Lässig Porsche 935 K3, #61 Out of fuel 48 Weralit Team Gr.5 12
DNF Emanuele Pirro Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo, #67 Accident 47 Martini Racing Gr.5 13
DNF Guy Fréquelin, Roger Dorchy WM P79 /80, #5 Engine, fire 46 W.M. Aerem GTP+3.0 3
DNF Preston Henn, Michael Chandler, Marcel Mignot Porsche 935 K3/80, #41 Crankshaft pulley 45 Preston B. Henn IMSA GTX 10
DNF Henri Pescarolo, Patrick Tambay Rondeau M379 C, #26 Fuel pump 41 Jean Rondeau S+2.0 11
DNF Jacques Alméras, Jean-Marie Alméras Porsche 924 Carrera GTR, #73 Engine => gearbox 30 Eminence Racing Team GT 4
DNF Jean Ragnotti, Jean-Louis Lafosse Rondeau M379 C, #25 Fatal accident 28 Jean Rondeau S+2.0 12
DNF Win Percy, Hiroshi Fushida Mazda RX-7 253i, #38 Rear axle 25 Mazdaspeed IMSA GTO 3
DNF Thierry Boutsen, Michel Pignard, Serge Saulnier WM P81, #82 Accident 15 W.M. Aerem C 2
DNF Cale Yarborough, Bill Cooper, Billy Hagan Chevrolet Camaro, #35 Accident 13 Stratagraph Inc. IMSA GTO 4
DNQ Jacques Guérin, "Segolen", Christian Bussi Porsche 935, #62 Did not qualify 0 "Ségolen" Gr.5 14
DNQ Michel Lateste, Patrick Perrier Ardex S80, #16 Did not qualify 0 Max Sardou S+2.0 13
DNQ Bobby Rahal, Brian Redman Lola T600, #17 Did not qualify 0 Cooke-Woods Racing S+2.0 14
DNQ Tony Dron, Richard Lloyd Porsche 924 Carrera GTR, #75 Reserve 0 Porsche System Canon GT 5
DNQ Dirk Vermeersch, Fred Stiff, Ray Ratcliff Mazda RX-7, #39 Reserve 0 Z. & W. Enterprises Inc. IMSA GTU 1
DNQ Colin Bond, Peter Brock, Jim Richards Porsche 924 Carrera GTR, #74 Reserve 0 Porsche Cars Australia GT 6
DNQ Herve Regout, Michel Elkoubi McLaren M12 GT, #90 Did not qualify 0 Z. & W. Enterprises Inc. IMSA GTP 1

Qualifying Results for the 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours on the Le Mans circuit

Position Name Car Result Team
1 Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell Porsche 936 /81, #11 3:29.440 Porsche System
2 Jochen Mass, Vern Schuppan, Hurley Haywood Porsche 936 /81, #12 3:32.610 Porsche System
3 Reinhold Jöst, Klaus Niedzwiedz, Dale Whittington Porsche 908/80, #14 3:34.510 Joest Racing
4 Henri Pescarolo, Patrick Tambay Rondeau M379 C, #26 3:35.160 Jean Rondeau
5 Jean Rondeau, Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Rondeau M379 C, #24 3:36.170 Jean Rondeau
6 Ted Field, Bill Whittington, Don Whittington Porsche 935 K3/81, #59 3:36.540 Porsche Kremer Racing
7 Dieter Schornstein, Götz von Tschirnhaus Porsche 935 J, #60 3:37.150 Vegla Racing Team
8 Thierry Boutsen, Michel Pignard, Serge Saulnier WM P81, #82 3:37.890 W.M. Aerem
9 Guy Fréquelin, Roger Dorchy WM P79 /80, #5 3:39.740 W.M. Aerem
10 Jean Ragnotti, Jean-Louis Lafosse Rondeau M379 C, #25 3:40.320 Jean Rondeau
11 Max Mamers, Jean-Daniel Raulet, Michel Pignard WM P81, #83 3:40.800 W.M. Aerem
12 Emilio De Villota, Guy Edwards, Juan Fernandez Lola T600, #18 3:42.400 Team Lola
13 Edgar Dören, Gerhard Holup, Jürgen Lässig Porsche 935 K3, #61 3:42.660 Weralit Team
14 Patrick Gaillard, Andre Chevalley, Bruno Sotty ACR 80B, #22 3:43.430 André Chevalley Racing
15 François Migault, Gordon Spice Rondeau M379 C, #7 3:43.990 Jean Rondeau
16 Denis Morin, Charles Mendez, Xavier Mathiot WM P79 /80, #4 3:44.140 W.M. Aerem
17 Preston Henn, Michael Chandler, Marcel Mignot Porsche 935 K3/80, #41 3:46.220 Preston B. Henn
18 Bob Wollek, Xavier Lapeyre, Guy Chasseuil Porsche 917 K/81, #10 3:46.540 Kremer Racing
19 Alain De Cadenet, Jean-Michel Martin, Philippe Martin De Cadenet Lola LM, #20 3:46.690 Alain de Cadenet (GB/B)
20 Chris Craft, Bob Evans Dome Zero RL 81, #23 3:47.430 Dome Co Ltd.
21 Jean-Pierre Jarier, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Helmut Henzler BMW M1 Gr.5, #50 3:47.630 BASF Cassetten Team GS Sport
22 Dieter Quester, Marc Surer, David Deacon BMW M1 Gr.5, #52 3:47.900 Wuerth-Lubrifilm Team Sauber
23 John Cooper, Dudley Wood, Claude Bourgoignie Porsche 935 K3, #55 3:48.020 Claude Bourgoignie
24 Riccardo Patrese, Hans Heyer, Piercarlo Ghinzani Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo, #66 3:48.140 Martini Racing
25 Mauricio DeNarvaez, Kenper Miller, Günter Steckkönig Porsche 935 J, #40 3:48.200 Joest Racing
26 Vivian Candy, Martin Birrane, Nick Faure De Cadenet Lola T380, #21 3:48.900 Dorset Racing Associates
27 Tony Trimmer, Tiff Needell Ibec P6, #27 3:49.940 Ian Bracey
28 Jacky Haran, Philippe Streiff Rondeau M379 C, #8 3:50.610 Jean Rondeau
29 Alain Cudini, Philippe Gurdjian, John Morton Ferrari 512 BB /LM, #49 3:52.600 N.A.R.T.
30 Paul Miller, Craig Siebert, Bob Akin Porsche 935 K3/80, #43 3:52.610 Bob Akin Motor Racing
31 Eddie Cheever, Michele Alboreto, Carlo Facetti Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo, #65 3:54.090 Martini Racing
32 Claude Haldi, Hervé Poulain, Mark Thatcher Porsche 935 /77A, #57 3:54.320 Claude Haldi
33 Anny-Charlotte Verney, Bob Garretson Porsche 935 K3/80, #42 3:55.150 Cooke-Woods Racing
34 Fabrizio Violati, Duilio Truffo, Maurizio Flammini Ferrari 512 BB /LM, #45 3:55.660 Scuderia Supercar Bellancauto
35 Bernard Darniche, Johnny Cecotto, Philippe Alliot BMW M1 Gr.5, #51 3:55.680 B.M.W. Italie-France (I/F)
36 Pierre Dieudonne, Jean-Paul Libert, Jean Xhenceval Ferrari 512 BB /LM, #46 3:56.720 Rennod Racing
37 Jean-Claude Andruet, Claude Ballot-Lena Ferrari 512 BB /LM, #47 3:56.890 Charles Pozzi S.A.
38 David Hobbs, Eddie Jordan, Steve O'Rourke BMW M1 Gr.5, #53 3:56.990 Emka Productions Ltd.
39 Cale Yarborough, Bill Cooper, Billy Hagan Chevrolet Camaro, #35 3:59.570 Stratagraph Inc.
40 Steve Earle, Mike Salmon, Simon Phillips Ferrari 512 BB /LM, #48 3:59.980 Simon Phillips
41 Christian Danner, Leopold von Bayern, Peter Oberndorfer BMW M1, #71 4:00.140 Helmut Marko
42 Jean-Philippe Grand, Yves Courage Lola T298, #31 4:00.420 Jean-Philippe Grand
43 Jürgen Barth, Walter Rohrl Porsche 944 LM, #1 4:01.030 Porsche System
44 Emanuele Pirro Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo, #67 4:02.220 Martini Racing
45 Pierre Yver, Jacques Heuclin, Michel Dubois Lola T298, #33 4:02.810 Compagnie Primagaz
46 Max Cohen-Olivar, Jean-Marie Lemerle, Alain Levié Lola T298, #30 4:03.080 Jean-Marie Lemerle
47 Pierre-François Rousselot, Francois Servanin, Laurent Ferrier BMW M1, #72 4:03.760 B.M.W. Zol-Auto
48 Manfred Schurti, Andy Rouse Porsche 924 Carrera GTR, #36 4:04.090 Porsche System
49 Win Percy, Hiroshi Fushida Mazda RX-7 253i, #38 4:04.790 Mazdaspeed
50 Jan Lundgardh, Mike Wilds, Axel Plankenhorn Porsche 935 L1, #69 4:06.920 Tuff-Kote Dinol Racing
51 Pete Lovett, Tom Walkinshaw, Tetsu Ikuzawa Mazda RX-7 253i, #37 4:07.180 Mazdaspeed
52 Valentin Bertapelle, Thierry Perrier, Bernard Salam Porsche 934, #70 4:08.860 Thierry Perrier
53 Martino Finotto, Giorgio Schön, Giorgio Pianta Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo, #68 4:09.010 Jolly Club
54 Louis Descartes, Herve Bayard Renard Delmas D1, #32 4:15.570 Ecurie Renard-Delmas
55 Jacques Alméras, Jean-Marie Alméras Porsche 924 Carrera GTR, #73 4:19.910 Eminence Racing Team
56 Tony Dron, Richard Lloyd Porsche 924 Carrera GTR, #75 4:20.010 Porsche System Canon
57 Dirk Vermeersch, Fred Stiff, Ray Ratcliff Mazda RX-7, #39 4:21.970 Z. & W. Enterprises Inc.
58 Colin Bond, Peter Brock, Jim Richards Porsche 924 Carrera GTR, #74 4:24.950 Porsche Cars Australia
59 Jacques Guérin, "Segolen", Christian Bussi Porsche 935, #62 4:03.890 "Ségolen"
60 Michel Lateste, Patrick Perrier Ardex S80, #16 4:05.020 Max Sardou
61 Bobby Rahal, Brian Redman Lola T600, #17 4:18.300 Cooke-Woods Racing
62 Herve Regout, Michel Elkoubi McLaren M12 GT, #90 5:13.060 Z. & W. Enterprises Inc.

List of all cars for the 1981 Le Mans 24 Hours on the Le Mans circuit

ACR 80B

Ford

WM P81

Peugeot

Lola T600

Porsche

McLaren M12 GT

Chevrolet

WM P79 /80

Peugeot

BMW M1

BMW

Porsche 935

Porsche

Porsche 934

Porsche

Ibec P6

Ford